MCC Presents Summer Workshop Production of Original Musical

(Bradenton, Fla., May 24, 2006) - The Manatee Community College (MCC) Music Program will present a summer workshop production of Ybor, a new musical written and staged by MCC faculty members Melodie Dickerson, Doug Osman and Rex Willis, at 8 p.m., Monday, June 12, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton.

The musical explores the lives and loves of Cuban, Spanish and Italian immigrants who shared a love of music and dance and made social clubs a focal point of their lives in Tampa's Ybor City in 1930. It was a colorful time when cigars were hand rolled by artisans and the immigrants strived to assimilate while preserving their own traditions.

The musical gives MCC students the opportunity to create on-stage roles and is scheduled to premiere at MCC in January, 2007. It is based on a book by Osman, assistant professor in mass communications, who wrote and directed an award-winning short film, The Southernmost Point. Willis, a popular performer and published composer who teaches guitar and composition, wrote music and lyrics for Ybor and the film score for The Southernmost Point. Dickerson, a Tampa native and coordinator of choral and vocal studies at MCC, will direct the production of Ybor. She recently directed an MCC production of Jesus Christ Superstar and performs as a soloist.

The workshop production of Ybor is free and open to the public. Following the performance, audience members may participate in a discussion and critique. For more information, call the MCC Music Program office at (941) 752-5351.  

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